Snow Day in Reston: Tips for Shoveling, Tracking Snow Plows and More

Tips on shoveling snow and tracking snowplows.

Send us photos of your snow day! (Photo by Jamie Rogers)
Send us photos of your snow day! (Photo by Jamie Rogers)
Fairfax County officials published the following tips on how to shovel snow safely today:

  • Shovel small amounts of snow at a time.
  • Push the snow instead of lifting where possible.
  • Use proper form if lifting is necessary: keeping your back straight and lift with your legs.
  • If you have a history of heart disease do not shovel without your doctor’s okay.
  • Avoid shoveling under snow and ice covered trees and roof lines due to possibly falling limbs, ice and snow.
  • Take breaks while shoveling and do not overexert yourself, especially if you are inactive or over 40.
  • Dress in layers and wear warm clothing and appropriate footwear.
  • Watch where you are walking, even a little bit of snow can hide curbs and uneven walkways.
  • Take off your boots or use a floor mat when you go back inside to avoid making floors slippery and hazardous.

Waiting on a little more horsepower to clear the streets near you? Use VDOT's snow plow tracking website to see the status of roads near you. 

And don't forget:
  • For general snow removal information visit http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp
  • Report unplowed roads, hazardous conditions to novainfo@vdot.virginia.gov, 800-367-7623, or the Hunter Mill District office, 703-478-0283.
  • Do not pass a snow plow vehicle.
  • Shovel to the right facing the road.
  • Park on the odd numbered side of the street during snow events to allow the snow plow access on your street.

Send us your snow day pictures and videos via Facebook and Twitter and we'll do another storm roundup later today!

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